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Friday, January 18, 2013

Show Tune Showdown #32: 1953-56 Broadway Seasons

In the 31st Show Tune Showdown, Next to Normal won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Next to Normal's "I'm Alive", "I Miss the Mountains", "I've Been", "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" and "I Am the One"

Billy Elliot's "Expressing Yourself"

In the Heights' "When the Sun Goes Down"

13's "Bad Bad News"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Friday, February 8.

Now on to our 32nd Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to three Broadway seasons - 1953-54, 1954-55 and 1955-56 - when the following 11 musicals opened:

May 7, 1953 - June 25, 1955 (892 performances)
Revival: April 30, 1981 - May 3, 1981 (5 performances)

Me and Juliet
May 28, 1953 - April 3, 1954 (358 performances)

Carnival in Flanders
September 8, 1953 - September 12, 1953 (6 performances)

December 3, 1953 - April 23, 1955 (583 performances)

The Golden Apple
April 20, 1954 - August 7, 1954 (125 performances)

The Pajama Game
May 13, 1954 - November 24, 1956 (1,063 performances)
Revival: December 9, 1973 - February 3, 1974 (65 performances)
Revival: February 23, 2006 - June 17, 2006 (129 performances)

The Boy Friend
September 30, 1954 - November 26, 1955 (485 performances)
Revival: April 14, 1970 - July 18, 1970 (111 performances)

House of Flowers
December 30, 1954 - May 21, 1955 (165 performances)

Silk Stockings
February 24, 1955 - April 14, 1956 (478 performances)

Damn Yankees
May 5, 1955 - October 12, 1957 (1,019 performances)
Revival: March 3, 1994 - August 6, 1995 (533 performances)

Pipe Dream
November 30, 1955 - June 30, 1956 (246 performances)

Now here are the competing show tunes - and if you're wondering how to judge each showdown, just ask yourself, "Which song do I enjoy listening to more?"

Damn Yankees' "Whatever Lola Wants" (Gwen Verdon performs in the 1958 film version with Tab Hunter)


The Pajama Game's "Steam Heat" (Patti Page recorded the song in 1954)

Damn Yankees' "Heart" (Peggy Lee performs on her 1960 album, Latin ala Lee!)


The Pajama Game's "Hey There" (Rosemary Clooney performs the song that she originally recorded in 1954)

Damn Yankees' "Two Lost Souls" (two versions - Jaye P. Morgan and Perry Como's 1955 recording and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme's 1960 recording)


The Pajama Game's "Hernando's Hideaway" (Ella Fitzgerald performs on her 1963 album, Ella Sings Broadway)

Damn Yankees' "A Little Brains, a Little Talent" (Lee Remick performs on a TV version on April 8, 1967)


The Pajama Game's "I'm Not At All in Love" (Doris Day performs in the 1957 film version)

The Pajama Game's "There Once Was a Man" (John Raitt and Doris Day perform in the 1957 film)


"The Boy Friend" (Julie Andrews and the cast perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

Silk Stockings' "Satin and Silk" (Janis Paige performs in the 1957 film version)


Can-Can's "I Love Paris" (Lena Horne performs on her 1966 album, Lena in Hollywood)

Kismet's "Baubles, Bangles & Beads" (Frank Sinatra performs on his 1959 album, Come Dance with Me!)


Can-Can's "It's All Right With Me" (John Barrowman performs on his 2004 album, John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter)

Kismet's "Stranger in Paradise" (Tony Bennett recorded the song on October 13, 1953)


Me and Juliet's "No Other Love" (Perry Como performs in 1957 the song that he recorded in 1953)

Carnival in Flanders' "Here's That Rainy Day" (Rosemary Clooney performs on her 1985 album, Rosemary Clooney Sings Ballads)


House of Flowers' "I Never Has Seen Snow" (Barbra Streisand performs during her TV special, Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments, on November 2, 1973)

House of Flowers' "A Sleepin' Bee" (Blossom Dearie performs on her 1967 album, Sweet Blossom Dearie)


The Golden Apple's "Lazy Afternoon" (Julie Andrews and John Davidson perform a mash-up with "Feeling Good" on The Julie Andrews Hour on February 3, 1973)

Can-Can's "C'est Magnifique" (Peggy Lee performs on her 1960 album, Latin ala Lee!)


Pipe Dream's "The Next Time It Happens" (Andrea McArdle performs on the 1996 Broadway cast recording of State Fair)

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